A song by an artist no longer living.
I’ve thought a little about this and it comes down to two: Elvis and Prince.
Now I can think of a bunch of artists I want to point to, but when I first started thinking about this day’s theme it was these two that came to my mind first.
I talked a little about my rationale for Elvis in my Day 23 post, where I could remember as a 7-year old hearing the news Elvis had died when I can’t remember much of that age. I am a bit of an EP fan, although not huge; I have an album called “The Top 10 Hits” and that’s pretty much all I need. Maybe “Viva Las Vegas” tossed in for good measure, but otherwise, I’m good with it. It’s just that he has pretty much hung around the outskirts of my life my entire life. Kind of the familiar stranger you see on the bus every day on your commute or at the coffee store that one day just inexplicably stops showing up.
Prince is a different vibe. I was never a big fan, although I have always adored “Purple Rain” and some other assorted songs along the way. “1999” and it’s hit songs were about as deep into the catalog as I got with him – a few random songs here and there, but really just the early/mid-1980’s stuff. When he died, however, he was hailed as a musical genius. I’m still not convinced that genius is quite the word, but he was supremely talented and I know he had an oversized impact on a lot of the people in my generation and for that, I have to recognize a certain affinity.
So, Elvis, you’ve gotten the nod twice from me in three days, both for having died, yet not having your music chosen. I’m sorry for that. Sometimes a mile wide and an inch deep just doesn’t do it.
Now, with that as lead up, there’s a dirth of video versions of Prince’s “Delirious” which is the song I wanted to highlight, so I’m going to provide a link to the audio.
Wisdom of Crowds Picks:
“Suspicious Minds” Elvis Presley
“Miss Misery” Elliot Smith
“Let’s Dance” David Bowie
“More than A Feeling” Boston
“The thrill is gone” BB King & Eric Clapton
“Lawyers, Guns and Money” Warren Zevon
“Imagine” John Lennon
“All Along The Watchtower” Jimi Hendrix
“Down in a Hole” Alice in Chains
“One More Light Live” Linkin Park
“Piece Of My Heart” Big Brother and the Holding Company
“Space Oddity” David Bowie
“Don’t Change” INXS
“Georgia On My Mind “ Ray Charles
“Ripple” Grateful Dead
“Greatest Love Of All” Whitney Houston
“At Last” Etta James